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, football, and community service. a day of thanks in america and across the world. president obama also weighed in. here is danielle lee. >>> the colorful floats and high flying balloons of the macy's thanksgiving day parade helped millions of americans start the holiday in spirit. families were loading their plates with turkey, stuffing, and potatoes and giving thanks for time together. today, it was also an opportunity to serve. the homeless were treated to a bit of luxury. >> there is a bit of a science to giving 900 meals out to people in need before the day is out. the best part it right noo here. just take a look at these turkeys. >> andrew jones is relies on the nonprofit to feed his family on the holiday. >> we're living on disability, we're robbing peter to pay paul. so to get a meal for four is unbelievable. >>> in afghanistan, troops enjoyed some of the comforts of home. >> reporter: this a special address, president obama thanks them for their sacrifice. they're shelves lines stores that opened ahead of black friday for shoppers eager for those deals. these shoppers were all
sites all about new york. well, this happens with christmas shopping. >> skolt, thank you. president obama just made a tough decision. he had to decide between carmel or popcorn, and he went with popcorn. >> yeah. that's what i was hoping for. >> just moments ago the president picked popcorn to be the national thanksgiving turkey. >> because he is robust. you have to have a big bird you want to eat. >> what about sweet carmel? >> sweet matters. all right. >> however, both popcorn and carmel were pardoned. they came from a small town in minnesota where the turkeys outnumber the people. >> wow. >> popcorn and carmel, they're so happy right now. >> gobble, gobble. >> later, the president will take part in the national hanukkah menorah lighting that celebrates and simulates the lighting of the candle for the first night of the festival of lights. it's the sifrt in more than 120 years that hanukkah has overland with thanksgiving and also won't happen again for thousands of years. this ceremony will take place at the national mall. >> really it's just a beautiful time of year. we have than
in the weather center will keep an eye on all of it. janis, thanks. >>> in other news, obama care is back at the supreme court. this time the question is about religion and whether this new health care law can require companies to offer contraceptives. our justice correspondent pete williams joins us from our washington bureau tonight with this latest challenge to the law. pete, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. the supreme court has already ruled that corporations have free speech rights. now it has agreed to take up a big question it has never answered before. do private companies also have freedom of religion? the oklahoma family that owns the hobby lobby with more than 550 arts and crafts stores nationwide employing 13,000 people says the company is founded on religious principles. >> we believe wholeheartedly that it is by god's grace and provision that hobby lobby has been successful. therefore, we seek to honor him in all that we do. >> reporter: but the company says providing insurance coverage for contraceptive measures like the morning-after pill is the equivalent
in chicago tonight. john, thanks. >>> now to the ongoing troubles of the obama care website and the ongoing effort to get it running better and at greater capacity. that deadline is tomorrow. today the administration was trying to limit expectations once again. we get the latest from white house correspondent kristen welker. kristen, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. with just hours before the administration's self-imposed deadline of having its health care website working for most americans by the end of tomorrow, top officials were hedging their bets today. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius today blogged that people should shop healthcare.gov during off-peak hours, morning, nights, weekends. not a vote of confidence says luke chung. >> it tells me the system isn't fully baked. this system should be able to accommodate as many people that want to get on as possible. >> what i'm going to do is make sure we get it fixed. >> reporter: chung says the administration's goal of making sure the website can support 50,000 users at one time by the end of saturday is
, richard. >> all right, sarah, thank you so much. appreciate it. >>> today, the supreme court takes up the case involving obama care. the question, does the requirement to provide contraceptives to employees violate a company's right to religious freedom? nbc's tracie pots has more on that for us. good morning. >> reporter: richard, good morning. the justices will be asked whether to look at any of the cases, there are several that have worked their way up to the u.s. supreme court. nearly 40 companies in all arguing that even though they're required to provide health insurance under the health law, if that health insurance includes birth control, it is a violation of their rights under the religious freedom restoration act. they also look at individual employees having to pay premiums. the individual mandate that we talked about so much. but if they have a religious objection, should they be required to pay for that type of insurance for that type of coverage? if the justices decide to take up one of these cases, it could be next spring before they're argued, late june before we get a
>>> good morning, everybody. thank you very much for joining us. i'm jon kelley. >> and i'm marla tellez. president obama is now in the bay area. he landed at sfo literally in the last few minutes. we're live in san francisco where the president is set to talk about immigration. bob, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. he is en route to our location right now. you can see here at the intersection of washington and mason where secret service has shut down this area, surrounding the recreation center. this is in chinatown. the president will be speaking here. they have allowed a small group of people into the area, so they can express their political views to the president. some people, but not all, have been protesting this country's immigration policy, asking the government to stop its deportation of undocumented immigrants. th immigration reform is the topic of the president's speech this morning. as you just mentioned, he landed at sfo in the past 20 minutes or so for what will be a five-hour stay in the bay area. his motorcade is en route. he's trying to push congress to c
and if there are going to be more markdowns as we approach the holidays. >> kristen dahlgren in manhattan. thanks. >>> millions of americans have another challenge on their minds this weekend -- signing up for health care under the new insurance program, or at least trying to. the obama administration's self-imposed deadline to fix the health care website is midnight tonight. kristen welker is following the story. i guess the question is how are they doing. >> reporter: they say they are doing okay. tech experts have only a few hours left to meet the white house's own deadline for getting the affordable care act website running smoothly. critical point in restoring confidence in a damaged presidency. in virginia today, signs of progress for the government's health insurance website. >> my experience was wonderful. i love it. there were no problems. we went through everything real smooth. >> it was really fast this morning. i was really surprised. >> reporter: deirdre said she had trouble signing up in october. today she was one of six people nbc news interviewed reporting success, signing up with
. >> thank you. >> president obama was in los angeles yesterday touring dreamworks animation studio and he met steve martin and gjim parsons. they're working on an animated film. martin had the cold. that got in the way of a handshake with the president. not even a fist bump. so instead helenes in for the elbow bump. >> what's that. >> i have a cold. >> how about a -- >> yeah, that's okay. >> howie mandell does that all the time. >> steve martin later tweeted i hope my elbow bump with president obama does not cause an international incident or hinder iran talks. >> that's not a new thing. >> boom. >> i don't know if it's going to replace the handshake. >> no. >> but it's a good alternative if you're worried about germs. >> diseases. >> you took it to a new level. >> that's a whole different thing. >> where are you hanging out. >> kanye west again. >> the gift that keeps giving. >> he has now compared to his love story with kim kardashian to that of romeo and juliet. >> no. >> he did it here on hot 97 in new york. >> i knew that i wanted this family and with her. i felt like our love story
. appreciate it. >> kate? >> willie, thanks. >>> the holidays are over and for the obama administration that means it's time to produce results on the troubled health care website. kristen welker has more on that front morning. kristen, good morning. >> kate, good morning to you. >> reporter: the obama administration says the tech experts have been working 24/7 to get the site running smoothly for most americans by tomorrow but they're also trying to downplay expectations. they say this won't be a magical date or a relaunch. according to analysts, though, the president's credibility is on the line. it's crunch time for the obama administration and with the president's poll numbers at record lows, the stakes for vastly improving the health care website by saturday couldn't be higher. >> they have got to come through with a pretty successful completion of a lot of the glitches supposedly they have been working on. >> reporter: the administration says over the past month, tech experts have made hundreds of improvements to healthcare.gov, decreasing error rates and increasing it's speed and
on tomorrow. ♪ >>> good morning, everybody. thank you very much for joining us. i'm jon kelley. >> and i'm marla tellez. president obama is now in the bay area. he landed at sfo literally in the last few minutes. we're live in san francisco where the president is set to talk about immigration. bob, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. he is en route to our location right now. you can see here at the intersection of washington and mason where secret service has shut down this area, surrounding the recreation center. this is in chinatown. the president will be speaking here. they have allowed a small group of people into the area, so they can
. >> all right, guys. thanks so much. >> thank you. >> be tough to top that greeting from afghanistan but we'll try this morning. >>> we have new developments on the troubled health care rollout. meanwhile, kate snow is here with that. >> the obama administration has said it will have the troubled obama care website working for most americans by the end of the month. but this morning there's another huge setback affecting small businesses. nbc white house correspondent kristen welker is at the white house with the latest this morning. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: kate, good morning to you. tech experts are working through this holiday weekend to make sure the website is running smoothly by the end of saturday, but on wednesday, as you say, there was more bad news. the administration announced small businesses, those with 50 employees or fewer, won't be able to enroll in health care through healthcare.gov for another year. those businesses will still be able to sign up as they currently do through an agent or a broker. now, the administration says the move is necessary so that t
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